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WHAT READERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BOOKS
Imagine Jade Gone ~ 5 Stars ~ Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite
In many ways, this is a coming of age story as Jaden conquers her fear and her guilt in order to protect those she loves and fight off these blood sucking monsters. It's refreshing to see each of the characters grow and change by the end. It's not just one person's journey. Jaden is the type of heroine that you want to see succeed and earn her happy ending. Ardan creates a range of characters that aren't perfect, they make mistakes, but they learn and keep going. I sympathized more with Jaden than anyone, but by the end I understood Ava and Briz, and it was nice to see them all grow. Wray Ardan strikes the perfect balance between humor, family and romance with the classic horror elements. The ending is a complete surprise and took me off guard, leaving me desperately needing more of Jaden's story. Classic horror meets teenage angst, and Imagine Jade Gone is suspenseful and gruesome, a thrilling and unique take on the genre with heart, first love, and family connection.
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate ~ 5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite
"I never wanted to put this book down. The story was suspenseful and the writing imaginative. In Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate by Wray Ardan, Jaden and Briz are in many ways typical teenagers, but have been thrust into a life and death struggle. Briz, as Jade’s boyfriend, struggles with doing the right thing for her. Jaden realizes that teens, and even children in other parts of the world, are forced to grow up too early because of war and national disasters. This thought helps her accept her role in the disaster, and demonstrates real growth in character and maturity. The reader is inspired by the courage of the teens as they deal with their desperate circumstances."
Imagine Jade Gone ~ 5 Stars ~ Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite
Imagine Jade Gone by Wray Ardan was a little confusing for me at the beginning because I did not read book one. However, as the story continued, I quickly found myself catching up and getting into the story. Jaden Lisette is a strong female character that I was able to respect and admire because of her willingness to protect others, as well as her ability to face horror without losing herself in the process. I enjoyed the horror aspects of the book and I felt the author found a good balance between horror and nightmare inducing terror; the romance was well done and felt very real, even without any sexual scenes. Overall, as an adult I enjoyed the book and I feel that I would have enjoyed it even more when I was a young adult!
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Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate ~ 4 Stars ~ Reviewed by Heather Daniels for Reading Lark Blog
"I liked the background story to the Mal Rous, the creepy little creatures. The author, Wray Arden, did a great job of fleshing it out. Some of the folk that were around when the creatures were first created play a huge part in helping Jaden and her family and I love their backstory. I would love to read more about their lives. The story was very suspenseful, keeping you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Arden kept the plot moving smoothly but with an intensity you don't often see in young adult or children's books. Not only were the scenes with the Mal Rous suspenseful and nail-biting, but also not knowing who would survive from the venom and poison. That in itself made it a good read."
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate ~ 5 Stars Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate by Wray Ardan is a young adult novel that combines various genres into one book: teenage love and romance, drama, thriller, fantasy, and horror. The book starts with Jaden Lisette, a 15-year-old girl quarreling with her older teenage sister, Ava, which introduces the reader to each of their characters and personalities. Jaden runs off and stumbles across an old house among the sugar cane fields in Louisiana, while thinking of her teenage crush, 18-year-old Briz Nolan. Strange things begin to happen after that as she deals with old ghosts from her family’s past and comes face to face with real terror for the first time in her life. Jaden is plunged into a living nightmare as she struggles to survive against the evil Mal Rous. Along the way, she meets various and fascinating characters such as the triplets, the mentally disturbed Hubs, and of course, the Mal Rous, some of whom are helpful whereas others are downright evil. Whether she succeeds in both life and love forms the plot of this story.
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate is presented in a gripping way, and is guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The characters in this book are well thought out, and it is a delight to meet some really unique and original characters along the way. I also enjoyed the romantic element of the teenage couple in the book. Jaden, as the central protagonist, is immensely likeable and one automatically finds oneself rooting for her. Overall, Wray Ardan has written a compelling story with superbly drawn teenage characters, and ones that young readers will especially connect with. An enjoyable read!
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate ~ 5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate is a young adult fantasy written by Wray Ardan. Jaden Lisette spends the summer in Louisiana with her mother and spiteful sister Ava, renovating an old mansion that belonged to her father’s family, whom they have never met. While exploring the estate, Jaden accidentally breaks some earthen jars that release gruesome- looking monsters. They infect her with their poison before she manages to escape their vicious assault. She encounters Violet, another weird creature who reveals the horrifying truth about Jaden’s lunatic grandfather who created her and the other genetic mutants called Mal Rous, by combining his DNA with animals. Jaden is worried because her infection could give her mutant peculiarities, and enlists the help of three reclusive albino sisters who had developed various potions for her grandfather. It may be too late though to stop the Mal Rous from converting Jaden, while they inflict harm on anyone associated with her.
Wray Ardan has caught my attention with her thriller, Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate. The book’s blurb aroused my curiosity which grew once I began reading. She writes remarkably well, producing an intensely gripping story that could make a nice horror movie. The author’s descriptions of the repulsive mutants and their actions gave me spine tingling moments, but there were parts that I found amusing. Jaden had many personal problems, and I admire the way Wray Ardan focuses on them, while elaborating on other interesting characters like the albino sisters, who brought a mystical aura into this entertaining story.
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"I was hooked on the first two pages! It's so well written, entertaining, witty, funny, and just enough creep factor to hook the youth. For elders, it will take you back to your youth, remembering first love, all that angst, and the spirit of adventure with wonderful devil-may-care attitudes. The youth will totally relate. All ages will love it and wait anxiously for the next one to come out." - Rose